The art of the Selu: disentangling Samoan combs through analysis and contextualization

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dc.contributor.advisor Ellis, N en Satele, Ruby en 2017-10-03T20:15:17Z en 2017 en
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dc.description.abstract Selu are decorative combs, a measina (treasure) of Samoa. The selu has changed over time and there has emerged several distinct types or, as argued in this thesis, ‘generations’ of comb: selu tuāniu (green midrib comb), selu tuiga (dried midrib comb), selu la’au (wooden comb), selu pakua laumei (turtle shell comb), and the contemporary selu. This study argues that the emergence of each generation of selu are a response to the encounters, influences, circumstances, cultural reformation and changes in Samoan society, both in the Pacific, and also in diasporic communities in places like New Zealand. Throughout, selu are conceived in a continuum. This thesis aims to provide a comprehensive and inclusive study of the selu from the 19th century to the present day. It contextualizes selu by examining social and political events that impacted and shaped each type of selu. In doing so, the thesis aims to disentangle the selu from obscurity and re-engage Samoan people with this heritage. en
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dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99264942013402091 en
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dc.title The art of the Selu: disentangling Samoan combs through analysis and contextualization en
dc.type Thesis en Museums and Cultural Heritage en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-10-04 en

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